who we are
Wellston Community Coalition is a resident-led 501c3 organization consisting of all community stakeholders working together for the benefit of Wellston residents.
To initiate, cultivate and enhance community collaboration and networking between local organizations, institutions, and agencies within the City of Wellston to enhance the quality of life of the total community.
meet our team
FeliceSkye Hutchinson, President
FeliceSkye is a multi-passionate creative entrepreneur, teaching artist, coach, disability advocate, community activist, and founder of Creator Doer Society. She is a 2022 alum of both Neighborhood Leadership Fellows (NLF) and Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA). Through her art, she advocates, inspires, and empowers individuals toward change and has spent the last decade utilizing the arts for youth development. She is a member of Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development (now know as UrbStetiks) and has been recognized for her commitment to arts advocacy. FeliceSkye believes that the arts are at the heart of thriving, progressive, and diverse communities. Currently she is part of the 2023 Community Arts Training Institute (CAT) cohort. She is dedicated to continuing education and personal development. As was as, devoted to working with the citizens of Wellston in expanding their exposure to and facilitating the creation of arts and culture.
Farrakhan Shegog, Vice President
Farrakhan is CEO/President of Young Voices with Action Inc. and lead organizer for #BlackWallStreet314. Farrakhan works to build a strong and positive relationship between community residents and other community stakeholders. Prior to joining Wellston Community Coalition, Farrakhan has worked with Urban League Federation of Block Units and Easton Development Corporation. Farrakhan works to create partnerships and collaborations in order to achieve the mission of Wellston Coalition.
Pearl Hughes, Treasurer
Known in the community as "Ms. Hughes" and "Ms. Pearl", Pearl Hughes has resided in the City of Wellston for over 45 years. She reared 5 children who have been active in the community throughout the years. Ms. Pearl has dedicated her retired years to being active in her community. Ms. Pearl’s first encounter with helping to revitalize the City of Wellston started in 1999, where she became President of the nonprofit organization Wellston Community Support Association (WCSA), which began Phase I of newly constructed homes in Wellston. She along with others would go on to build a Phase II with a total of 28 homes. She has sat on various boards throughout the St Louis County area, for both the best interest of WCSA and the community's as well. Ms. Pearl has a strong passion about rebuilding her community. She collaborates with different organizations to get assistance with the government to help residents and revitalize the community.
Mrs. Bernett A. Brown worked in the Panel Board Department at Westinghouse Electric Company for 12 years. Later, she worked at Survival Technology Pharmaceutical where she inspected the assembly of Epipens She was employed there before retiring in 1992. Wellston is a historic neighborhood. She and her husband raised their children in Wellston and have lived in the neighborhood for over 50 years. She believes that when residents care about their community, they also do all they can to take care of it. Mrs. Brown is passionate about the preservation and beautification of the community. By working together to take care of our community, she hopes that Wellston will become a place that we are proud to call home.
Ms. Deserata Hughes founded Guardian Angel/G.A.S.S.H. LLC, a nonprofit organization, which focuses on the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of oneself for the higher good of self. She is very passionate about where and what the citizen's tax dollars are being spent on throughout the city. Ms. Hughes is also passionate in seeing the city revitalized, rebuilt and or rehabilitated, along with the citizens of the community. She believes the City of Wellston has the potential to be a great minority community with growth as well as newly found structure.
Evelyn Jones came to Wellston in 1968 and graduated in 1972 from Halter High School (known as Eskridge High School in later years). She got married on September 27, 1974. For 31 years, she worked at St. Louis State Hospital Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center 3 years at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as a patient care assistant for and at J.C. Home Health Care for 10 years. With a flair for fashion, she also has also enjoyed a retail career, owning her own boutique business and working at K-mart. Though she decided to move away, she has returned, and resided in Wellston for 24 years and counting.
Angela Merridith is the owner/operator, writer and designer of The Ebonee Angel Collection LLC greeting card company. Prior to starting her company, Angela worked in the healthcare industry for many years. Before that, she was a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Missouri. Angela also loves decorating and design
which she has done for several clients. She would love to bring
this same energy and vision to Wellston. Angela is very passionate about the beautification of her community in Wellston, raising the enthusiasm of neighbors to take pride in their neighborhood and make our city fabulous, safe and a great place to live.